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Chelsea Balls: John Terry ‘Takes A Pay Cut’ To Reduce Ticket Prices And Hell Freezes Over

by | 6th, November 2014



TO Chelsea, where, as the Sun reprots, “JOHN TERRY vows this week to speak to Chelsea’s board of directors about the sky-high ticket prices at his club.”

Good old JT, sticking up for the fans.

But the Chelsea players are hoovering up all that cash “69 per cent of it [income] went on wages.”

Dillon adds:

Extortionate ticket prices in the Premier League are not his fault either and he is not the biggest earner at his club, that honour goes to Eden Hazard who just signed a brand new five year deal worth around £200,000 PER WEEK. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck could produce a simple answer to Terry’s admirable motive – TAKE A PAY CUT.

And that’s it. Chelsea pay what they can and charge what the fans can stand.

…one Premier League chairman told me this week that clubs could look at reducing ticket prices for fans were the players paid less and it doesn’t look too difficult to work that one out.

But they are not paid less. The player works for teh club. He’s a hired hand. The club could offer less money and see if players accept it. And if Cheslea fans are happy with the Blues fielding a side earnign £3,000 a week, then fine. Enjoy your Third Division football.

Dillon adds:

…the highest paid players such as Wayne Rooney, who earns around £15m a year need to look at themselves and decided whether they really do need any more money?

It’s not up to them what they get paid. It’s up to their employer.

And also they need to consider how much longer the punters are going to fall for that whiskery Roy of the Rovers old line that they would play for nothing because they just love football so much.

I love journbalism. I love football. Should the Sun sack Dillon and hire writes who will work for less, or for nothing more than the joy of watching the game, meeting the players and commenting on the game? Or should the Sun  hire the best talent it can get and strive to best its rivals?

It is right that footballers earn more than the national average wage of £26,500.

Yes. It is. Unless the market alters and clubs can no longer afford to top the national average. Maybe then Chelsea can hire interns to play, like modern media does, getting free labour to pick up the slack when falling revenues have struck.

The Mirror has more:

Despite a £1.78billion pay bill last year, not a single top-flight club has committed to giving all ground staff and suppliers the £7.65-an-hour “living wage”.

Pampered players can earn eight-figure annual salaries with England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 29, pulling in £300,000 a week and Manchester City’s Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero, 26, £220,000 a week.

Veteran Labour MP Frank Field has written to all 20 Premier League clubs demanding action.

But he got just six replies – with not one club committing to the full rate. Sunderland said the issue “did not merit further discussion”.

MPs have just handed themselves a 10% pay

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